I have heard the “I am sorry” comment multiple times throughout Alexandra’s 24 years and every time I want to express that the differences we see in ALL children is by perfect design. Think about how many young children are out their feeling isolated because they are viewed as “different”. Really? Aren’t we all?
The Questions: Cochlear Implant? No Cochlear Implant? Positives? Negatives? At the time, making this decision was profoundly nerve-racking for me as her mother and virtual single-parent. Like any mother, I wanted to do the absolute right thing by my baby, my daughter.
We were all going to learn sign language, in our case Signing Exact English (SEE). But there were so few resources available; no story books, no games, no characters, nothing to engage a toddler except a Signing Exact English Dictionary – 431 pages of densely-packed signs in alphabetical order. Overwhelmed, we began planning our approach.